Meteos explains why League will “never” be like ‘real-life’ sports

Meteos and Dash on LCS deskColin Young-Wolff for Riot Games

100 Thieves’ star jungler William ‘Meteos’ Hartman might be considered one of esports’ longest-standing pros, but he won’t be drawing comparisons to his own career with traditional sporting stars, suggesting League of Legends will “never” be like football or other sports.

Meteos is a household name in League, with the 100T jungler making it to Worlds numerous times, and hoisting plenty of LCS titles with Cloud9 in the process.

However, his craft in League draws very little comparison to the rise of other sporting stars, or so the player believes.

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Meteos on stage with Ryoma and Stunt in LCS 2020Colin Young-Wolff for Riot Games
Meteos rejoined 100 Thieves in 2020, helping lead in a new era for the organization.

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In an interview with James ‘Dash’ Patterson, Meteos said that while League has some similarities, the game’s constantly evolving nature means that it’ll never be akin to other sports.

“Something that’s always so interesting to me about League is that the game is completely un-figured out,” he said.

“A lot of people in the esports scene like to make parallels to traditional sports and esports and I think to some degree there are parallels, but there’s a lot where it’s not as well.”

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The two drew comparisons to American football, a sporting institution in the backyard of the LCS for decades. While the game has evolved slightly over its lifespan, core mechanics have remained the same.

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